Forensics Chap 2

chain of custody
the documented and unbroken transfer of evidence
circumstantial evidence
(indirect) evidence used to imply a fact but not prove it directly
class evidence
(individual evidence) material that connects an individual or thing to a certain group
crime-scene investigation
a multidisciplinary approach in which scientific and legal professionals work together to solve a crime
crime scene reconstruction
a hypothesis of the sequence of events from before the crime was committed through its commission
direct evidence
evidence that (if true) proves an alleged fact, such as an eyewitness account of a crime
individual evidence
a kind of evidence that identifies a particular person or thing
trace evidence
small but measurable amount of physical or biological material found at a crime scene
primary crime scene
the location where the crime scene took place
secondary crime scene
a location other than the primary crime scene, but that is in some way related to the crime, where evidence is found